Honoring Marie Deans

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Raised by 44 people in 20 months
Marie McFadden Deans spent her adult life fighting against the death penalty. Her work took her onto South Carolina and Virginia's death rows, where she became an advocate and a friend for the condemned men. And her dedication took her to the death house, where she stood "death watch" with 34 men. Marie's work took a terrible toll on her health, and she died in April of 2011 at the relatively young age of 70.  

Marie is buried in her family plot in the historic Sardinia-Gable Cemetery in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Because of the very modest size of her estate, Marie currently does not have a head stone on her grave.  Her friends, family and colleagues  are now raising money for a fitting memorial.  Would you be willing to donate money to help us purchase a headstone so we can honor this wonderful woman and dedicated death penalty abolitionist?  Our hope to raise $3000 by July 1, 2017.
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Late last week, Marie's new headstone was placed on her grave. While they say that headstones are for the living and not the dead, the sentimental side of me hopes that Marie knows and is smiling at the love and admiration demonstrated by her friends.
Headstone of Marie McFadden Deans
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Thanks to all who have donated. We have the funds necessary for the headstone and installation. Will post a picture in the coming weeks.
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Todd Peppers
15 months ago
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Thanks to all who have donated. We have now purchased the headstone. I will post a picture when it is installed.

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Joel E McFadden
18 months ago
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This is amazing to see. Thank you all.

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Stephen Hooker
17 months ago

Todd wrote an eloquent article in Marie's memory on 15 April last, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In case anyone missed it, here is the link. Best wishes, everyone! http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/todd-peppers-column-marie-deans-struggle-against-the-death-penalty/article_410a9e20-d608-5485-af5f-9c1393224bd1.html

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$3,175 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 20 months
Created April 6, 2017
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$50
William Geimer
16 months ago
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We worked together. She taught me much.

$50
Stephen Hooker
17 months ago
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In grateful recognition of Marie's founding of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation [MVFR] in 1976. Her legacy is now secure, and her fine example of humanitarian action remains a true and timeless inspiration to countless others who value human dignity. I also wish to extend my very best wishes to my dear friend Dierdre at MVFR.

MM
$25
Marney Morrison
17 months ago
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So glad you have all done this together. You reached the goal, but I want to contribute something. This July we'll be remembering Marie's legacy in so many ways.

MB
$50
Mary Broderick
19 months ago
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Marie's courage and compassion touched and motivated all of us. We miss her.

$203
Robert Hall
19 months ago
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All of us owe Marie's memory our everlasting love and respect. She helped so many!

$25
Jack Sullivan Jr.
19 months ago
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It is my privilege to offer a gift in honor and in memory of Marie Deans.

$100
Stephen Hooker
19 months ago
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In loving memory of my very dear friend, mentor and fellow music lover. Marie was the bravest soul I ever knew.

There would be no Journey of Hope today with out Marie's Deans. Thanks for leading the way! <3 <3 <3

$25
Bill Pelke
19 months ago
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With Love

EF
$100
Eric M Freedman
19 months ago
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There could be few better models for a life will-lived in every important aspect than Marie's. May we all learn from it.

Todd Peppers
15 months ago
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Thanks to all who have donated. We have now purchased the headstone. I will post a picture when it is installed.

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Joel E McFadden
18 months ago
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This is amazing to see. Thank you all.

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Stephen Hooker
17 months ago

Todd wrote an eloquent article in Marie's memory on 15 April last, in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In case anyone missed it, here is the link. Best wishes, everyone! http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/todd-peppers-column-marie-deans-struggle-against-the-death-penalty/article_410a9e20-d608-5485-af5f-9c1393224bd1.html

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